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Andrew Fortin

Andrew S. Fortin is the Senior Vice President of External Affairs for Associa. He works to engage government officials, the media and clients in building stronger community associations and help shape laws that support vibrant community associations.
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Why Condo Associations Need FHA Approval in 2017

Posted by Andrew Fortin on Apr 18, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Prior to 2005, few condominium boards paid much attention to Federal Housing Administration, or FHA, financing. At the time, the FHA only had a small fraction of condominium loans (about 5 percent) and FHA buyers, due to smaller down payment requirements, were considered less committed to their purchased units. A lot has changed since then.

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Topics: Industry

Can your Association Prohibit Political Signs in Your Yard?

Posted by Andrew Fortin on Jul 26, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Few issues elicit as much emotion as politics. Political discussions can turn a family dinner into a shouting match and even drive the best of friends into heated arguments. Adding fuel to the fire is record spending on political advertisements that promise the end of America as we know if the opposing candidate wins. Thus, dealing with political signage in your community is an issue that must be approached with sensitivity especially with election season fast approaching. So as we gear up for November’s elections it may be worthwhile to think about political signs in your neighborhood.

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Looking for Resources for Boards, Managers and Homeowners? Look to your industry organization – CAI

Posted by Andrew Fortin on May 3, 2016 7:00:00 AM

One issue that comes up frequently in community association management is the frustration that many homeowners or boards have in finding tools that help them build effective governance in their community. In fact, a lot of the issues we deal with at Associa arise from a lack of understanding by either the resident or the board on the roles and responsibilities of the various players in the community association world. This issue has become so acute, that some states and provinces have looked at mandating education and training for association volunteers. What’s most surprising is that these tools are out there, waiting to be used by boards and residents either through their management company like Associa our industry trade organization the Community Associations Institute (CAI).

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Topics: Industry

Alberta Begins Regulatory Process for Condo Association Manager Licensing

Posted by Andrew Fortin on Mar 24, 2016 7:00:00 AM

The province of Alberta is joining the ranks of jurisdictions that will require professional condominium managers to hold a license.  After a period of consultation with stakeholders, the provincial government amended the Alberta Real Estate Act in late 2014 to establish a legal framework to license community association managers. The Act empowers the Real Estate Council of Alberta to regulate activity of condominium managers.  The provincial government also took efforts to ensure that any licensing regime imposed, would attempt to coordinate with neighboring British Columbia to minimize impacts on business.

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Topics: Industry

Zika & Mosquito-Borne Viruses: The Best Course of Action to Protect Your Community

Posted by Andrew Fortin on Mar 10, 2016 7:00:00 AM

The Zika virus has been making a lot of headlines lately. An outbreak of the virus in Brazil and a possible correlation between Zika and birth defects has generated a lot of concern. Closer to home, the fact that the mosquito that carries the virus can be found year around in South Florida and seasonal over much of the Eastern U.S. has also caused some alarm. The reality is that mosquitos in general can be a vector for a variety of illnesses. The best weapon against any health threat is information. So we thought we’d take a look at what the Zika virus is, how it spreads, and what steps you can take to mitigate the risk of the virus in your community and address any concerns that may arise from your community members.

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